Electoral reform committee recommends current voting system be included in referendum on proportional representation
Liberal committee members publish a dissenting report, disagreeing with the committee's recommendation to hold a referendum, calling it "premature" and stating the need for more engagement.
NDP MP Linda Duncan blasts government over tanker threat to endangered West Coast orcas
Ms. Duncan, the NDP's environment critic and an environmental lawyer by trade, says that the federal government's approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, as it stands, means that the government hasn't 'delivered on their responsibilities for a threatened species.'
Genetic discrimination bill headed back to Senate, Liberals deny it reopens possibility for government changes
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, pictured on the Hill. The House Justice Committee passed a coordinating amendment by Liberal MP Colin Fraser that, while not altering the substance of the controversial Bill S-201 on genetic discrimination, will force the bill to go back to the Senate before passing. The Justice minister wanted to see substantive changes to the bill, but that did not happen. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
While the substance of the bill was untouched, the House Justice Committee passed a coordinating amendment regarding the trans rights bill C-16 that could delay S-201’s passage.
Infrastructure bank will shortchange small communities: Opposition MPs
Structural changes to feds’ relationship with First Nations needed for nation-to-nation relationship
Hill Life & People
St. Germain operated like a street cop, walking Hill’s the hallways and cornering MPs to smoke out any signs of unrest
Gerry St. Germain, the former Progressive Conservative MP, Senator, and first Métis cabinet minister, was a crucial behind-the-scenes fixer for prime minister Brian Mulroney and his majority governing caucus. Mr. Mulroney picked him to chair his massive national caucus.
Mohamed Fahmy, the dual Egyptian-Canadian former Al Jazeera journalist who was wrongfully incarcerated and spent more than a year in Cairo's Scorpion Prison, is lobbying the Trudeau government to enshrine in law protection for Canadian citizens imprisoned or detained abroad because it’s still discretionary.
After Aleppo: a kind of peace?
Super Hornet decision the best of some bad options
Trudeau chose family first, but Ottawa’s Castro policy has always been ambivalent
Accessibility is a human right, not a privilege
As our nation prepares for a milestone anniversary that celebrates 150 years of proud achievements, I encourage all Canadians to become ‘Barrier Busters’ and work together to make accessibility and inclusion an economic and cultural imperative for the Canada we all deserve.
CETA and the Liberals’ faith-based reality
Why any reputable economist would expect a different result from signing CETA is inexplicable—unless you remember that it’s all about faith. Beginning with the original Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, its promoters saw it as a leap of faith.
Monday, Nov. 28, 2016
Climate plans in focus as Ottawa gears up for December first ministers’ meeting
The government is looking to finalize a pan-Canadian climate action plan in December, but some say Canada needs to adapt following Donald Trump’s election in the U.S.
Liberals not ruling out using time allocation in last three weeks before House adjourns
The Senate is beginning to sit on Mondays this week in an effort to get more bills through over the next three weeks as well.
Infrastructure: municipalities are key to second phase
Nearly 100 municipal leaders will be on Parliament Hill this week and will hold more than 150 meetings with parliamentarians to talk about infrastructure funding.
Genetic discrimination private member’s bill pits Grit backbenchers against cabinet
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould wants the Senate private member's bill amended, but hasn’t convinced independent Liberal Justice Committee members.
Feds hearing more from industry than environmentalists on pipelines, according to lobbyists registry
‘Take a look at the decisions that have been made,’ Environmental Defence’s Dale Marshall says when asked if he fears the energy industry is having too much sway with government.
Bains, Carr, Garneau most lobbied ministers, health most lobbied topic in October
‘It’s important for industry to have their voice heard at the cabinet table, and Navdeep Bains has certainly met with business and offered that voice,’ says Summa Strategies’ Michele Austin.
Tighter political fundraising rules could push activities ‘underground,’ says Canada’s outgoing chief electoral officer
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand says with recent examples of Liberal 'cash-for-access' events, he hasn’t seen 'anybody violating the elections law provisions.'
‘We live in a globalized world,’ House most ethnically diverse in Canadian history, but still has long way to go: research
A record 47 visible minority and 10 indigenous MPs were elected in this House.
Status Of Government Business
The Week Ahead In Parliament
Photo of the week
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 11:44 AM
A group of protestors rally against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline in front of the Parliament Buildings and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office in Ottawa on November 21. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Guests flock to pre-Christmas party season affairs
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 12:00 AM
Community of Federal Visible Minorities holds shindig at D’Arcy’s
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 11:20 AM
Canadian American Business Council hosts state of relations shindig
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 10:56 AM
When it comes to medical tests and treatments, more is not always better
PUBLISHED : Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 9:39 PM
Gaining Consensus: Getting Issues Heard In The New Parliament
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 2:09 PM
Policy Briefing Live – Climate Change
PUBLISHED : Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 11:52 AM
Monday , December 5 , 2016
The House is sitting weekdays until to Dec. 16, but it could adjourn earlier. It’s scheduled for a six-week break from Ottawa and the House will resume sitting on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.
Tuesday , December 6 , 2016
The second debate will be held on Dec. 6 in Moncton, N.B., and will be a bilingual debate. Debates will be streamed live online for all party members and all Canadians to see. All debates are open to Conservative Party members to attend. The Conservative Party leadership election will be on May 27, 2017.
Tuesday , December 6 , 2016
Vancouver Sun Parliament Hill reporter Peter O’Neil will launch his book, I Am A Métis, The Story of Gerry St. Germain, published by Harbour Publishing, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Métropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex Dr., Ottawa.
Tuesday , December 6 , 2016
The Assembly of First Nations convenes its annual December Assembly, one of two major national gatherings the AFN holds each year, in Gatineau, Que. Hilton Lac Leamy, 3, boulevard du Casino, Gatineau. Until Dec. 8. First Nations chiefs and delegates from across the country will gather to discuss key priorities and set strategy for the coming year. Several federal cabinet ministers are expected to address the assembly. Parliamentary reception for Parliamentarians, Tues., Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Annual AFN Winter Celebration Gala Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. More information at afn.ca/en/2016sca